110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389
110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389

Regular Meeting Minutes: November 1, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY , NOVEMBER 1, 2021 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from October 18, 2021.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:    Blaine Kurth with Risk Management Association addresses the Council in regards to ordinance 1175-11012021 that is being voted on and states he is here to answer any questions the Council may have.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

AMEREN ILLINOIS  $37.30; AMEREN IP $ 637.52; AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 246.25; APPLE PRESS $ 187.90; AQUA SMART $3,775.37; BENEFIT  PLANNING CONSULTANTS, INC. $ 629.30; BRADSHAW, WILLIAM JR. $ 169.56; CAL MFG INC. $ 3,969.28; CALL ONE $ 3,889.65; CASEY, DONALD $ 209.18; CHAMLIN & ASSOC. $ 30,069.71; COLUMBIA PIPE & SUPPLY $ 1,027.26; COMPLETE INTEGRATION & SERVICE $ 2,994.00; CONNECTING POINT $ 103.75; CONWAY SHIELD $ 277.44; CORE & MAIN $ 6,456.00; DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 366.84; DOUBLE M TRUCKING $ 220.00; EDENS, CATHIE $ 83.49; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS $ 344.23; EMERGENCY SERVICES MARKETING, INC. $ 735.00; GRAINCO FS $ 250.00; HAWKINS $ 722.97; HERITAGE CORRIDOR $ 1,200.00; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $4,692.00; IL VALLEY EXCAVATING $ 8,361.50; LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 49.49; MARTINEZ, ALEX $ 165.70; MATHENY, THOMAS $ 254.70; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 75.00; MEDICARE PART B $ 651.46; MENDARDS $ 417.11; MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PUMP INC. $ 7,250.00; NORTHERN IL AMBULANCE $ 1,161.40; OSCAR’S AUTOMOTIVE $ 293.56; POLICE & SHERIFFS PRESS $ 123.24; REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 29,518.39; RIVARA, DOMINIC $ 14039; RUSH POWER SYSTEMS $ 2,616.70; SENICA INTERSTATE TOWING $ 10,525.00; SMITH’S SALES & SERVICE $ 991.98; ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH $ 444.56; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 867.46; STRYKER SALES CORPORATION $ 599.90; SUSSEX MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES $ 903.00; T & R ELECTRIC SUPPLY, CO. $ 4,500.00; TEST, INC. $554.5377.97; WEX FLEET SERVICES $ 4,605.19; USPS $ 762.96; UNIVERSAL UTILITY SUPPLY $ 5,627.35; VERIZON $ 4,605.19   

TOTALS : $145,116.46

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve 1175-110121 an ordinance approving membership in the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association and authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental cooperation contract. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright explains that the City is currently enrolled in the Public Risk Fund and that by switching to RMA IML the city will be saving $500.00 per month regarding workman’s comp.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file 1176-110121 an ordinance amending and establishing compensation for employees of the Oglesby City Fire Department. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Mayor Rivara explains it is a 4-year agreement, raises the Fire Chiefs pay from $125.00 to $500.00 per month and states Chief Popurella does a great job, Fireman will receive a 3% raise every year for the duration of the contract and should they be on a call more than four hours the Fireman will receive and additional call compensation.  The Fire Department will receive 12 paid trainings per year and will report to the City.  Commissioner Lijewski believes that addresses the points and Mayor Rivara believes it is a fair agreement.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table 1177-110121 an ordinance amending compensation for employees of the Oglesby City Ambulance Service. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Lijewski would like to pull the ordinance because she feels there needs to be more discussion on the matter.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT, to approve the recommendations by the Zoning Board for Hi-Tech Industries.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that there is a 12,000 feet expansion which will encroach by .26 feet into the set back.  The Zoning Board doesn’t feel it is an issue and recommended approving the variance.  Attorney Barry gives further explanation of the roads, entrance and expansion project.  Commissioner Curran states that Hi Tech does own the lot to the North as well.

Old Business:  none

Public Comments:    none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Lijewski:  the follow up for the resident who had exceeded the number of cats allowed is now believed to be in compliance.  Sergeant’s Valle and Gonzalez have completed a 3 day Supervisor training.  There were 426 calls with 20 case reports.  The Fire Department will be replacing a door at a cost of $8,000.00.

Curran:   leaf vac continues and asks residents to have leaves on the berm, not the sidewalk.  Notes on November 22 branch chipping will begin.  Electric department has replaced all LED lights installed on Columbia and Walnut Streets and will work on those areas where there are no sidewalks.  The error in billing calculations will now be corrected in one month rather than six months.  The power cost adjustment will still be in a negative and is good for the residents.

Cullinan:  none

Mayor’s report:   reminds residents not to park directly behind a driveway.  A new system has been put in place to help eliminate missed garbage pick-up.  Bids are being accepted for the demolition of the Reizner Building and are due November 12, 2021 by 10:00 a.m.  Trick or Treat went well and there were no issues to report.  Per the City’s NPDES permit, we are required to have an annual public meeting to explain the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) program.  The meeting will be held November 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.   Mayor Rivara reminds residents to pick up after their pets.

Mayor Rivara discusses the rising rates of electric costs and that it has gone up two cents per kilowatt.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA ABSENT: CULLINAN

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: October 18, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY , OCTOBER 18, 2021 AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS. ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from October 4, 2021. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN

Public comments on agenda items only: none
Mayor Rivara announces that Commissioner Cullinan is out of town.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN
TOTALS : $133,092.29
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 3rd quarter building permits in the amount of $233,802.00 AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the hiring of one full time officer for the Oglesby Police Department whose salary is to be paid from drug fund money. Mayor Rivara states that the City is in negotiations with IVCC for the hiring of additional officer. Commissioner Lijewski states the Officer for the college will be paid for by the college and the additional full time officer for the department will be paid for through drug fund money. Commissioner Argubright asks if there is an intergovernmental agreement with IVCC? Mayor Rivara states there is one for the part time Officer. Mayor Rivara has met with a representative from the college and gives details of what the college is requesting. Commissioner Curran asks about the additional costs such as insurance and pension. Commissioner Argubright wants to see the intergovernmental agreement first before approving anything. Commissioner Lijewski states an estimate of pension and insurance was added to the hourly rate. Mayor Rivara suggests tabling if necessary but feels it benefits the college and the City and does not want to take a financial hit on the hiring. Commissioner Curran agrees it is a good idea in regards to the hire but feels the right thing to do is have the agreement first. Commissioner Lijewski asks if the agenda item can be separated? Commissioner Argubright if the college has staffing issues? Also, if the college is wanting the same person for the entire shift? Mayor Rivara states they do not. The council agrees to the approval for the recommendation of the hiring of one full time office and to table the matter of the additional officer for Illinois Valley Community College. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI , SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to seek bids for the demolition of the Reisner Building located at 246 east Walnut Street, Oglesby Illinois. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWKSI, RIVARA. ABSENT: CULLINAN. Mayor Rivara explains that because a grant was awarded bids must be solicited.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file obtaining BHMG for engineering services for Mallick sub terminal design. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran explains that City isn’t certain what services will be expanded as of yet. The fee is $65,000.00 for expanding the circuits. Commissioner Argubright asks what the cost is to put in a second feed to the City? Commissioner Curran states $811,000.00 which does not include the automated switching or the second transformer. The total for everything is estimated to be 1.6 million dollars.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to accept the bid from Spectra Tech to seal two manholes in the amount of $7,620.00 AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran explains there are two manholes that are leaking and storm water is getting into the sanitary system.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the request from Bulldog’s Bar to close South Glen Avenue from Walnut Street south to the alleyway on 10/29/2021 from 3:00-11:59 p.m. for the Witches & Warlock Walk. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
Old Business: none
Public Comments: none
Commissioner Reports:
Argubright: explains that there was a billing error caused by BHMG engineering in the discount of GTI. The calculation given by the engineering firm included a discount to the residents and it should not have, the amount it was underpaid was approximately $80,000.00. Over the next 6 months residents can expect around $1.30 per month added to their bills to make up the shortage. Commissioner Curran states the power cost adjustment will be slightly more than it would normally be during the winter time due to this error.
Lijewski: Ambulance Department had 60 calls, of which 10 were transfers. The Fire Department had 18 calls. Twenty of the 35 fire department’s self-contained breathing apparatus’s need to be replaced at a cost $799.00 each. Commissioner Lijewski said it’s a safety issue and needs to be done. A grant was applied for for the replacement of the tanks but was denied. The Police Department accomplished a lot of mandatory training: all officer qualified with their duty weapons, Assistant Chief Margis & Sergeant Valle attended sexual assault investigation training, Assistant Chief Margis and Officer Barnes attended active shooter training, Officer Barnes attended breath alcohol operator training and Officer Rivara completing mandatory 40 hours of firearms training. A meeting was held with the Superintendent of Lincoln School to solve the parking/traffic issue. Sergeant Gonzalez was named the September Office of the Month.
Curran: Leaf pick up is ongoing and branch chipping will begin the week of November 22, 2021.
Cullinan: ABSENT
Mayor’s report: Thanks the employees, businesses and everyone who helped make Harvest Fest a success. Announces that Trick or Treat will be held on 10/31/2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and sees no reason to move the date or time.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA ABSENT: CULLINAN
Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: Monday, October 4, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY , OCTOBER 4, 2021 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.  ABSENT: LIJEWSKI

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 20, 2021.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT. CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.    ABSENT: LIJEWSKI

Public comments on agenda items only:    none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

ACUITY $350.00; AIRGAS $ 48.56; AMEREN IP $ 1,068.95; APLINGTON, KAUFMAN, MCCLINTOCK, STEELE & BARRY $ 15,510.60; APPLE PRESS $ 169.85; BENEFIT PLANNING CONSULTANTS, INC $ 314.65; CALL ONE $ 3,835.42; CHUCK’S COMPRESSORS INC. $ 674.50; COLUMBIA PIPE & SUPPLY CO $ 467.23; CONNECTING POINT $ 165.00; CURRAN, JASON $ 256.60; DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 366.84; DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 323.55; EDENS, CATHIE $ 3.96; EITUTIS, AMY $ 361.95; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC $ 537.51; FULL CIRCLE TRAINING SOLUTIONS $ 399.00; GERARD, JOSH $ 122.79 GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 92.00; HANCOCK, KALVIN $ 2,809.31; HAWKINS, INC. $ 1553.02; HILTON CHICAGO $ 5,853.60; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 4692.00; IMPACT NETWORKINGS LLC $ 420.73; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 24.96; JOHN’S SERVICE & SALES $ 186.17; KENDRICK PEST CONTROL INC. $ 260.00; KNOBLAUCH ADVERTISING $ 1559.68; LANCDCOMP LANDFILL $ 705.5; MARCOTTE, SANDY $ 50.00; MARGIS, MICHAEL $ 20.00; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 48.00; MENARDS $ 464.19; MILLER, JOSH $ 67.87; MORROW BROTHERS $ 36,210.00; NCPERS GROUP LIFE INS $ 16.00; NIMCA $ 110.00; POMP’S TIRE SERVICE $ 578.88; REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 29,518.39; RIVARA, DOMINIC $ 422.89; RIVARA, MICHAEL $ 60.00; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3742.05; SMITH’S SALES & SERVICE $ 95.00; ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH-PERU $ 16.68; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 857.03; STRYKER SALES CORPORATION $ 464.95; T.E.S.T. INC. $ 144.00; UNITED HEALTH CARE INSURANCE $ 125.02; USPS $ 773.56; UNIVERSAL UTILIY SUPPLY CO. $ 15.457.94; VALLE, BRETT $ 20.00; VERIZON $ 188.92; WARFIELD, SHAWN $ 12.42        TOTALS : $133,092.29

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT,  SECONDED BY CURRAN to refer Hi-Tech’s request for zoning variances to the Zoning Board of Appeals as appropriate.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: LIJEWSKI  Mayor Rivara there it to be an addition to the building.  The front of the building faces south; therefore, it needs to go before the zoning board.

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran states the parts needed for the switch at a lift station have just come in but the City is waiting for the final approval for the engineering schematics that may allow for an automatic switch over.

Public Comments:   Art Pavinato addresses the council in regards to the Reisner Building.  Mr. Pavinato questions who the parking lot would benefit should the City decide to put one in where the Reisner building sits.  Mr. Pavinato does not feel there is a need for one.  Mayor Rivara thanks Mr. Pavinato for his comments.  Mayor Rivara states there will be discussion as to what to do with the property.  Mayor Rivara states there have been two people that have expressed interest in the property.  Mayor Rivara states there is not a lot of parking at that end of town.  Mr. Pavinato comments that he feels there would be no benefit.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:    none

Lijewski:  absent

Curran:     10/18/2021 -11/19/2021 will be leaf pick up.  No date has been set for branch chipping as of yet.  The grant application for the Safe Route to School Program was submitted in time.  Hydrant flushing will continue throughout the week.

Cullinan:  baseball and softball diamonds will be closing by the end of the month.  Commissioner Cullinan thanks the community for respecting the parks throughout the year.  Commissioner Cullinan thanks the boys & girls ball teams for a great year.  Winter rec sign ups will be coming up soon and forms will be dropped off at the school in the coming weeks.  Harvest Fest will be Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Commissioner Cullinan lists the happenings and announces the costume parade as well.

Mayor’s report:   the City is waiting for the costs for the tear down of the Reisner Building and the asbestos removal in the first floor and basement.  Mayor will be meeting with the Commissioner in regards to the ordinances pertaining to the abandoned buildings. October 3-9th, 2021 is American Public Power week.  Mayor Rivara thanks the Oglesby Superintendent and Police Department in addressing the pick up at Lincoln School.  Trick or Treat will be held on 10/31/2021 from 5:00-7:00p.m.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA ABSENT: LIJEWSKI

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting: Monday September 20, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY , SEPTEMBER 20 2021 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from: LIJEWSKI

Public comments on agenda items only:    none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

ACUITY $350.00; AIRGAS $ 48.56; AMEREN IP $ 1,068.95; APLINGTON, KAUFMAN, MCCLINTOCK, STEELE & BARRY $ 15,510.60; APPLE PRESS $ 169.85; BENEFIT PLANNING CONSULTANTS, INC $ 314.65; CALL ONE $ 3,835.42; CHUCK’S COMPRESSORS INC. $ 674.50; COLUMBIA PIPE & SUPPLY CO $ 467.23; CONNECTING POINT $ 165.00; CURRAN, JASON $ 256.60; DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 366.84; DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 323.55; EDENS, CATHIE $ 3.96; EITUTIS, AMY $ 361.95; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC $ 537.51; FULL CIRCLE TRAINING SOLUTIONS $ 399.00; GERARD, JOSH $ 122.79 GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 92.00; HANCOCK, KALVIN $ 2,809.31; HAWKINS, INC. $ 1553.02; HILTON CHICAGO $ 5,853.60; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 4692.00; IMPACT NETWORKINGS LLC $ 420.73; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 24.96; JOHN’S SERVICE & SALES $ 186.17; KENDRICK PEST CONTROL INC. $ 260.00; KNOBLAUCH ADVERTISING $ 1559.68; LANCDCOMP LANDFILL $ 705.5; MARCOTTE, SANDY $ 50.00; MARGIS, MICHAEL $ 20.00; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 48.00; MENARDS $ 464.19; MILLER, JOSH $ 67.87; MORROW BROTHERS $ 36,210.00; NCPERS GROUP LIFE INS $ 16.00; NIMCA $ 110.00; POMP’S TIRE SERVICE $ 578.88; REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 29,518.39; RIVARA, DOMINIC $ 422.89; RIVARA, MICHAEL $ 60.00; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3742.05; SMITH’S SALES & SERVICE $ 95.00; ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH-PERU $ 16.68; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 857.03; STRYKER SALES CORPORATION $ 464.95; T.E.S.T. INC. $ 144.00; UNITED HEALTH CARE INSURANCE $ 125.02; USPS $ 773.56; UNIVERSAL UTILIY SUPPLY CO. $ 15.457.94; VALLE, BRETT $ 20.00; VERIZON $ 188.92; WARFIELD, SHAWN $ 12.42        TOTALS : $133,092.29

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: LIJEWSKI

Old Business:    none

Public Comments:   none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:    none

Lijewski:

Curran:

Cullinan:

Mayor’s report:

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY   to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting: Tuesday September 7, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY , SEPTEMBER 7 2021 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 16, 2021.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT. CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:    none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

AIRGAS USA, LLC $ 215.19; ALTOFER INDUSTRIES $ 523.01; AMEREN ILLINOIS $ 884.22; AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 223.26;  ANIXTER $795.00; BENEFIT PLANNING CONSULTANTS, INC. $331.65; CALL ONE $ 3,35.76; CARLSON, CASEY $ 79.96; CHAMLIN & ASSOCIATES INC $ 19, 952.95; CITY OF OGLESBY $ 85.85; CLEGG-PERKINS ELECTRIC $ 2,057.95; COMCAST BUSINESS $355.15; COMPLETE INTEGRATION & SERVICE $ 1,827.00; CONNECTING POINT $ 646.00; CONWAY SHIELD $ 1,020.00; CORE & MAIN $ 150.00; CURRAN, JASON $ 158.48; DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 571.71; DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 67.90; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC. $ 752.36; EUTIS, TIFFANY $ 37.31; FEECE OIL CO. $ 2,113.44; FENDER MENDERS $ 47,520.83; FIRST IMPRESSION $ 872.65; FOSTER COACH SALES $ 207.36; GERARD, JOSH $ 122.79; GUYON, EMMANUEL $ 2,430.00; HAWKINS, INC. $ 1,812.71; HEYL ROYSTER $ 112.50; HOPKINS & ASSOCIATES $13,000.00; HY-VEE INC $ 103.03; IL DEPT. OF INNOVATION & TECH $ 672.07; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 4,692.00; IL SECRETARY OF STATE $ 151.00; IV CELLULAR $ 1,220.88; IL VALLEY EXCAVATING $ 17,966.77; ILLINI STATE BANK -POLICE $ 127.16; INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CLERKS $ 200.00; JOHN DEER FINANCIAL $ 91.98; JOHN’S SERVICE & SALES $9.98; KELLETT, ANDREW $ 162.59; KENDRICK PEST CONTROL $ 180.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 2,934.89; KLEIN THORPE & JENKINS $ 636.20; FLEMING, LARRY $ 1,300.00; LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 271.07; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 42.00; MENARDS $ 1,504.19; MERTEL GRAVEL $ 798.00; MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PUMP, INC. $ 15,830.85; NCPERS GROUP LIFE INS $ 16.00;            NEWSTRIB $ 93.60; NICK’S EMERGENCY LIGHTING & MORE $ 140.00; NORTHERMN IL AMBULANCE, INC. $ 2,083.74; POWERLINE SUPPLY $20,400.00; POWER, ROBIN $ 91.80; QUADIENT, INC. $ 167.97; RAY O’HERRON CO INC. $ 1,355.56; REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 32,045.38; RUSH POWER SYSTEMS $ 1,175.00; SBC PARTNERS $ 2,224.59; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3,359.13; SMITH’S SALES & SERVICE $ 171.00; SPRINGFIELD ELECTRIC $ 2,449.41; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 703.27; STD FARMS $ 994.60; STEVENS SERVICE CENTER $ 714.95; STRYKER SALES CORPORATION $446.25; T.E.S.T. INC $ 19,751.66; TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT REVOLVING FUND $ 330.70; TELEFLEX, LLC. $ 379.50; TROTSKY INVESTIGATIVE POLYGRAPH $ 155.00; UNITED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE $ 563.51; UNITED RENTALS $ 250.00; USPS $ 761.30; UNIVERSAL UTILITY SUPPLY $ 2,389.04; VERIZON $ 167.88; WATER PRODUCTS COMPANY $ 833.00; WEX FLEET SERVICES $ 4,579.67                                                                    TOTALS : $   208,975.55

A presentation of audit and financial overview from Hopkins & Associates, CPAs was given by Samantha Casey.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 090721R a Resolution of Support and Commitment of Local Funds for a Safe Routes to School grant.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the City would be responsible for committing 10% of the total awarded y the grant.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN , SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 090721R1 a Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Revised Administrative Order on Consent with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Barry explains that the only change was to redefine the Vermillion River and took the dates that were lumped together in one paragraph and broke them into two paragraphs.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if the plan is to build the waste water treatment plan within the next six years?  Attorney Barry answers yes it is.  Commissioner Curran states that there is a laid-out plan for the plan to happen and Commissioner Lijewski questions if that it a realistic plan?  Attorney Barry believes it is.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI  to declare September 17-23, 2021 as Constitution Week as requested by the Daughters of the American Revolution. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to declare the week of September 6, 2021 as National Payroll week. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT  to table the approval of the purchase of bulk water meters. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the purchase of replacement switch gear.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains the cost to be around $31,000.00 to replace the pieces that were damaged in the earlier fire that will be covered by insurance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the solar application for Doug Knoblauch.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran states that because the City does not have a Zoning Administrator it has to go before a Council vote.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the raffle license for the Lasalle County Democrats.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve disclosing those portions of the closed session verbatim recordings on May 20, 2019 and April 20, 202 closed session meetings.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Barry explains that a citizen of Oglesby requested that the Attorney General review the minutes of the closed session meetings.  It was determined that a few things were discussed that were not cited on the statutes.  The Attorney General determined that hose minutes be released.

Old Business:    none

Public Comments:   none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:   none other than the City’s financials look great.

Lijewski: thanks those that attended the Cops 4 Cancer event.  Congrats Officer Randi Leininger on being named the Officer of the Month.  Commissioner Lijewski praised her for doing her job both on and off the street.

Curran:    Street sweeper had a part break and is hopeful it will be repaired before leaf vac season happens and hopes to have a date for that announced at the next meeting.  The back up generator has been installed and hooked up.

Cullinan:  none

Mayor’s report:  reports that renovations are now happening at Senica Square and will be done in phases.  Mayor Rivara states that the City has applied for two solar sites.  One behind the fire station and the other at IVCC.  There is a CABO meeting planned for September 8, 2021 and is hopeful it will be up and running.  Mayor Rivra expresses his frustrations with unkept properties within the City.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to enter into closed session To discuss the minutes of meetings lawfully closed under the Open Meeting Act, whether for purposes of approval by the body of the minutes or semi-annual review of the minutes as mandated. 5ILCS120/2(c)(21) and 5ILCS120/2.06(d). AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to return to regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to release the closed session meeting minutes dated 01/18/2021, 02/01/2021, 02/15/2021, 03/01/2021, 03/15/2021, 04/19/2021 and 06/21/2021. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

 

Regular Meeting: Monday August 16, 2021

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY , AUGUST 16, 2021 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 2, 2021.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT. CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:    Drew Merriman addresses the council on item #13 on the agenda.  Merriman asks the Mayor if the new Patrolman is his grandson?  Mayor Rivara confirms that he is.  Drew Merriman states that this is nepotism.  Drew Merriman believes that veterans were turned down for a job in order to give someone a job within the City.  Merriman also gives his opinion on the current head of the Electric Department and how he feels he is not qualified and has no lineman training.  Commissioner Lijewski responds by stating there have been no veterans that she is aware of that have been applied, let alone turned away since she has bene on the City Council.  Lijewski states there is an application process and there seems to be less and less people that are entering the Police field.  Commissioner Lijewski states the officer hired has his bachelor’s degree and feels he is well prepared to accept the position of Patrolman.  Chief Hayse addresses Merriman’s comments and explains that the Police Commission does the testing and the results are available for review and states the majority of the points come from a written exam. Chief Hayse explains that if nepotism were the case that the new hire would have been placed in the number one position not the number  three position.  Chief Hayse also explains that the new hire had the same qualifications as the others on the list and that none of the candidates had experience. Chief Hayse states the decision was made by score and recommendation.  Drew Merriman tries to respond (Mayor Rivara bangs his gavel) to the Chief by stating the position is picked by the Police Chief  to which Commissioner Lijewski states it is not.  Lijewski states the position is not chosen by the Chief.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

ANIXTER $ 338.00, APPLE PRESS $ 262.50, BARNES, JACK $ 920.00, BECK OIL CO. $ 57.53, BHMG ENGINEERS $2,084.39,  CHAMLIN & ASSOCIATES INC. $ 424.00; CHEMCO INDUSTRIES INC $ 317.91, CITY OF OGLESBY $ 28.00; CONNECTING POINT $174.00; CONWAY SHIELD $441.38; CORE & MAIN $ 2,515.30; $ DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 195.11; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $ 426.49; DE’VINE FLORALS $ 114.00; DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 231.75; DUTTLINGER, EVAN $ 900.00; EDENS, CATHIE $ 84.56; EITUTIS, AMY $ 296.16;; FENDER MENDERS $ 2,623.15; FICEK ELECTRIC $ 90.00; FIRE CATT LLC $ 2,310.40; GONZALEZ, HUGO $ 900.00; GRAINGER $ 148.40; GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 45.63; HALM’S AUTO PARTS $ 217.95; HAWKINS $ 2,314.26; HAYSE, DOUG $ 900.00; HYGIENIC INSTITUTE $ 355.55; HY VEE,M INC $ 71.63; IL DEPT OF INNOVATION & TECH $ 252.87; IL MUNICIPAL ELE AGENCY $ 410,062.52; IV CELLULAR $ 1,220.88; ILEAS $ 60.00; ILLINI STATE BANK $ 6,351.86; IMUA $ 200.00; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 204.46; JOHNSON, ANNA $ 300.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 2,494.46; KNOBLAUCH ADVERTISING $ 80.00; MANDUJANO, JAMES $ 900.00; MARGIS, MICCHAEL $ 900.00; MARTIN EQUIPMENT $ 46.61; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 7.50; MENARDS $ 700.21; MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PUMP, INC. $ 1,440.00; MONTE’S RIVERSIDE INN $ 105.00; MOTION INDUSTRIES $ 334.68; MOTOROLA $ 324.00; MTCO $ 294.32; MYER EQUIPMENT & $ 670.56; NAAS, JACQUELINE $ 120.76; NEWSTRIBUNE $ 85.00; NICK’S EMERGENCY LIGHTING & MORE $ 161.00; OSCAR’S AUTOMOTIVE $ 43.55; SERAFINI, DONALD $ 50.00; SHERWIN WILLIAMS $ 49.87; SIMPLY MODERN HOMES $ 2,500.00; SLIMKO-LEININGER, RANDY $ 900.00; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3,247.75; SPRINGFIELD ELECTRIC SUPPLY $ 5,238.85; STARVED ROCK MEDIA, INC $ 100.00; T & R ELECTRIC SUPPLY $ 16,000.00; T.E.S.T INC. $ 19,310.66; UNIVERSAL UTILITY SUPPLY $ 10,700.00; VALLE, BRETT $ 910.00; VELASCO, ANAI $ 142.93; VERIZON $ 443.77; WEIDEN, DAVID $17,638.13                                                                                         TOTALS : $  517,222.01

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI  SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to Approve 1173-081621 an ordinance pertaining to the Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund for the City of Oglesby, Lasalle County, Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.   Mayor Rivara states the City of Oglesby is set to receive $436,000 and there are federal guidelines the City has to adhere to.  Attorney Barry states that the guidelines require the City have a conflict of interest in place in order to receive the funds.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve 1174-081621 an ordinance approving and authorizing the execution of a redevelopment agreement between the City of Oglesby and David and Laura Weiden  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI, CURAN, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve Resolution R081621 Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Release, Indemnification and Use Agreement with JLN Holdings, LLC for the Continued use of the Salt Storage Facility. Place on file purchase of bulk water meters.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, LIJEWSKI, CURAN, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states the resolution is put in place to allow the City to store their salt in the storage facility located on JLN Holdings LLC property and places them exempt from liability.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve placing on files the purchase of bulk water meters. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the City will receive a 10% discount by buying them in bulk.  Commissioner Curran state the goal is to make the meters be more efficient.  Commissioner Argubright states the meters are really outdated. The cost will be $69,625.00.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the award for sealed bid for the 2014 Ford Explorer from the Oglesby Police Department.  The City received six bids in total.  The highest bidder was from Troy Dale in the amount of  $4,100.00. AYES: ARGUBRIHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A discussion is held by the Council in regards to the Safe Route to School Program.  Commissioner Curran explains that grant is for $250,000.00 if awarded and the City would ideally use it for sidewalks.  Commissioner Curran said the grant would help solve some  of the problems the City has; however, the City is responsible for 20% of the grant award.  Commissioner Curran said it is a great step in moving forward and makes it safer for the kids to get to and from school.

The Oath of Office is given to newly hired Patrolman Michael Rivara by Commissioner Lijewski.  (applause).

Old Business:    none

Public Comments:   Rich Baldridge questions the Council as to what is going to be done with the vacant lot on Walnut Street that the City had the house tore down?  Mayor Rivara states nothing at this time, that it is a council decision.  Mayor Rivara states there are other things that need to be done first.  Rich Baldridge asks why there was a rush to tear it down that was bringing in tax paper funds?  Baldridge asks why the tear down wasn’t put out for bid?  Mayor Rivara states the property is in the TIF and the money has to be used before the TIF expired.  Commissioner Curran also states it had to be done before the TIF expires. Commissioner Curran states that certain things in the TIF have to be done or earmarked before the TIF expires. Rich Baldridge asks again why the tear down wasn’t bid out?  And why the urgency?  He gives his opinion about how the project was handled.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:   none

Lijewski: none

Curran:    due to the storm damage the Street Department will be out on August 19th & 20th with the chipper.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation about the outage on August 8, 2021 and how the events unfolded (fire, underground damage, status updates, Code Red) and explains that it took quite a bit of time to locate all of the damage.  The City was then operating on two circuits and a call was put out to Wire Mesh and the agreed to stop production on their second shift until the next day and thanks them for their cooperation in assisting the city and the residents for their patience

Cullinan:   IVCC has terminated the intergovernmental agreement between the City regrading the use of Gandolfi field.  Commissioner Cullinan thanks them and wishes them luck.

Mayor’s report:  reads an email from Alzheimer’s Support about free services that are offered to the residents.  Mayor Rivara states he has received complaints about poison ivy on private property and also complaints about properties that are in a state of disrepair.  Mayor states it is a nightmare as it runs through the legal system.  Mayor Rivara also states the outage on Sunday was also a nightmare but thanks the Electric Department for all of their hard work.

Mayor Rivara addresses Drew Merriman in regards to the derogatory comments he makes at the City Council meetings.  Mayor Rivara states Mr. Merriman is a bully and will not tolerate it anymore and that he promotes himself as an expert on everything and his actions and comments are not acceptable anymore and that he needs to substantiate his comments by the next meeting.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

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